HMS Belfast

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The HMS Belfast was launched in 1938 and saw action in World War II, including firing some of the first shots on D-Day. The ship also was part of the United Nations naval forces during the Korean War. In 1971, the retired ship was brought to London and moored along the Thames by Tower Bridge as a floating museum.

Below are trip highlights from March 13th in London, UK. Click any image for a larger view, or click the position to view the location on a map. And a live map of our current route and most recent log entries always is available at

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Draft House

Enjoying a tasting flight with lunch at the Draft House Tower Bridge before touring the HMS Belfast.
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HMS Belfast

The HMS Belfast was launched in 1938 from the same shipyard as the Titanic: Harland and Wolff in Belfast where we visited last fall.
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Engine Room

Much of the HMS Belfast is open to the public, including large parts of the engine room. The ship could achieve speeds of 32 knots powered by 4 oil-fired boilers and 4 steam turbines.
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Shell Room

Belfast‘s armament include twelve six-inch guns in four triple-gun turrets. These are replicas of the six-inch shells in the shell room below one of the gun turrets.
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On the bow of the HMS Belfast looking toward two of the triple-gun turrets, with the ship’s bridge and superstructure beyond. Tower Bridge is just visible on the left beyond the ship.
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Jennifer taking in the view from the Navigating Officers chair at the spartan bridge.
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Tower of London

A great view from the HMS Belfast to the Tower of London, lit up in the afternoon sun.

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2 comments on “HMS Belfast
  1. Paul Wood says:

    Those seats on the bridge look like they’ve got a designed comfort factor of about 15 – 20 minutes, thus ensuring there’s no sitting down on the job (´・_・`)

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